dominickAndrew Dominick

Andrew Dominick has trained with Calasanz for over a decade and is a black belt in THE CALASANZ SYSTEM™. He is skilled in kickboxing and boxing with some traditional styles mixed in for a "new school meets old school" approach. Andrew's classes expose students to a blend of technique, physical fitness, and street survival self-defense.

Nicholas BovaNicholas Bova ( Professor Careca)

Professor Careca is an instructor of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art that utilizes aspects of music, dance, and acrobatics. He began his Capoeira training in the year 2000 and has competed in several tournaments. While his primary instructor is Master Efraim Silva, Professor Careca has studied with over fifty accomplished Capoeira masters.

In addition to its self-defense components, Capoeira is also an art form, characterized by devastating tricky blows primarily delivered with kicks and head butts, acrobatics, and take downs. Professor Careca loves the energy of the Roda, a circle formed by people who sing and clap their hands to Capoeira music while two partners in the center engage in a physical dialogue. As he puts it, "the music starts, the beat of the drum, the twang of the berimbau, the pop of the pandeiro, and the Roda has begun."

"I can express myself through my Capoeira movements," says Professor Careca, who is "instantly magnetized with this energy." He describes Capoeira as "a dance like fight, a fight like dance" and "the art of the body, and the equilibrium of the mind." Professor Careca's goal is to "illuminate the personal power within individuals physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually via the various forms of expression within Capoeira culture." .

avellinoChris Avellino

Chris Avellino has spent most of his life studying many different martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Ninjitsu. He is now devoting himself to teaching and helping his students build technique, strength, speed, knowledge, and confidence. Chris believes that the martial arts bring mind, body, and spirit together. His goal is to pass on what he has learned to his students so they too can discover their true potential.

eddieEdwin Rojas

Edwin Rojas has studied the martial arts for over five years, with a focus on Muay Thai and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu.  As a tournament competitor, he has won all three of his Muay Thai bouts. Utilizing coaching techniques from both styles, Edwin's primary goal is to teach his students to go beyond their limits, encouraging them to believe in themselves. He does admit that Muay Thai is his favorite, not only because it's fun, but it is also about "respect, determination, and proving to yourself you can do it."